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Posted Tue 13 Oct 15 at 21:30 PM

Altrincham 2-2 Harriers - The report

A 95th minute free-kick robbed Harriers of their first win of the season after they'd come from behind to lead at Altrincham only to have to settle for a point in a 2-2 draw.


The opening quarter hour produced no goals but wasn't short of action at either end.


Just as there were some nervy moments for goalkeeper Dean Snedker as he looked to pounce on some spilled balls, Harriers tried their best to press early and went close early on as Ben Whitfield's volley and, later, deflected cross went over the bar and into the chest of the goalkeeper respectively.


Harriers had plenty of enthusiasm in those opening stages but, once again, were victims of their own downfall after 22 minutes when the home side took the lead - James Lawrie whipping in a corner after O'Keefe's shot had been well saved, the ball deceiving everyone at the near post before finding its way in to the back of the net.


The night may well have got worse soon after for Harriers after George Bowerman took aim with an effort of his own, but with Snedker back-pedalling it was the visiting fans breathing a sigh of relief as they saw the shot drift wide.


From there, Dave Hockaday's man really grew in to the game and in the charge of Ward and Whitfield and the relentless pace of Francis-Angol, they became a threat - a goal duly arriving with less than ten minutes of the half remaining, Ward and skipper Hodgkiss combining passes beautifully before playing in Hassan who, at the second attempt, almost burst a hole in the net in finding his first goal for the club.


And soon after he may yet have had a second to his name - his strength and raw power showing through as he bundled past two defenders before shooting at Tim Deasy, the ball firing in to the side-netting.


Harriers were given a scare seven minutes after the re-start when O'Keefe went close after being supplied by Reeves, the former reds' man seeing his rising effort fly just inches over the angle of bar and post.


The chances kept coming for Alty and three after the hour, Sinnott and Rankine both going close, the former particularly forcing a good save from Snedker as his floated cross looked set to sneak in at the far post.


Harriers kept matters level and, just as in the first half, they began to grow in belief - it paid dividends as their pressing game got a fantastic reward with a quarter of an hour left to play.


Charging down nothing more than a lost cause, tireless debutant Whitfield robbed Havern of the ball to draw goalkeeper Deasy one on one, calmly firing the ball past him for his first in Harriers colours on what was a night of firsts.


That had the visitors ahead, and looking a good bet to record their first win of the season and what would be just their second in 33 encounters - some solid defending helped shore up that belief but, once again, there was a bitter, bitter sting in the tail.


Deep in to stoppage time, Altrincham were awarded a free-kick outside of the area that was rolled to Rankine who caught it sweetly before dispatching it in to the bottom corner to the utter disbelief of the Harriers players and supporters.

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